Playoff Preview: Niners at Packers

Playoff Preview: Niners at Packers

We have everything you need to know about Sunday's playoff game at Lambeau Field, including stats, team notes and our prediction.

SAN FRANCISCO (12-4) at GREEN BAY (8-7-1)

KICKOFF: 3:40 p.m. Sunday

TV: Fox

OPENING LINE: 49ers by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD: San Francisco 10-5-1, Green Bay 6-10

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 34-29-1

LAST MEETING: 49ers beat Packers 34-28, Sept. 8, 2013

LAST WEEK: 49ers beat Cardinals 23-20; Packers beat Bears 33-28

AP PRO32 RANKING: 49ers No. 3, Packers No. 11

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Teams last met in postseason on Jan. 12, 2013, when Colin Kaepernick ran for QB record 181 yards and two touchdowns in 45-31 win in divisional round for San Francisco. ... Green Bay defense gave up most total yards, yards rushing and second-most points in playoffs in franchise history in loss to 49ers last year. ... Packers 4-2 in teams' previous six postseason meetings. ... San Francisco's 28 playoff wins are fourth most in NFL history. ... Packers lead all-time series (incl. playoffs) 34-29-1.

49ERS NOTES: Niners are 28-19 (.596) in postseason. Team's 28 playoff wins are 4th most in NFL history & .596 win pct. is 3rd among teams with 25+ playoff games…JIM HARBAUGH is 1st head coach in franchise history to lead team to playoffs in each of 1st 3 seasons…49ers had 8 players selected to Pro Bowl, tied for most in NFL: LB NA VORRO BOWMAN (2nd), LB Ahmad Brooks (2nd), TE Vernon Davis (2nd), RB Frank Gore (5th), G Mike Iupati (2nd), DT Justin Smith (5th), T Joe Staley (3rd) & LB Patrick Willis (7th)…QB COLIN KAEPERNICK (3,197 pass, 524 rush) joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG (1992) as only 49ers QBs with 3,000+ pass & 500+ rush yards in season. Has 100.9 passer rating in postseason career, highest by SF QB with 3+ starts (HOFer JOE MONTANA, 98.2). In last year's playoffs, had 100.9 rating with 4 pass TDs & rushed for 264 yards with 3 TDs. Only QB in NFL history with 100+ rating & 200+ rush yards in single postseason. Incl. playoffs, when Kaepernick starts & has 100+ rating, 49ers are 13-0. In last year's Divisional, rushed for 181 yards with 2 TDs & passed for 263 yards with 2 TDs…Gore rushed for 1,128 yards, his franchise-record 7th 1,000-yard season. Averages 96.4 rush yards per game in postseason career (482 yards, 5 games)…Davis has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career postseason games. Averages 109.2 yards per playoff game (546 yards, 5 games), 2nd highest in NFL history (min. 5 games). Has 5 career postseason TDs, tied for 4th most by TE. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 49 TDs. Has 11 TDs in past 13. WR Michael Crabtree has 20 catches for 285 yards (95 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 playoff games. WR Anquan Boldin had 1,179 yards, his 6th 1,000-yard season. Has 52 catches for 806 yards & 7 TDs in 11 playoff games. His 806 rec. yards are most by active player in 2013 playoffs…Bowman led team with 143 tackles. Only player in NFL this season with 100+ tackles (143), 5+ sacks (5), 4+ FFs (4) & INT-TD (1, 89 yards). Willis was 2nd on team with 104 tackles, his 6th season with 100+ tackles. Since entering NFL in 2007, is only player with 20+ sacks (20.5), 15+ FF (16) & 7+ INTs (7). Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), Smith has 27.5 sacks, 3rd most by NFL DT. Since entering NFL in 2011, LB Aldon Smith has 44 sacks, 2nd most in NFL (incl. playoffs). Brooks had career-high 8.5 sacks & tied for team lead (A. Smith). CB Tramaine Brock led team with 5 INTs & 15 PD, both career highs. Rookie S Eric Reid was only NFC player this season with 4 INTs & 2 FR.

PACKERS NOTES: Packers have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team's .625 postseason winning pct. (30-18) is best in NFL history (min. 25 games). Club has 30 playoff wins, 3rd most in NFL annals. Team's 29th playoff appearance, 3rd most in NFL history. Won division for 21st time in team history & 3rd in row…Mike McCarthy has led team to playoffs in 6 of his 8 seasons as head coach…QB Aaron Rodgers had 104.9 rating & is 1st QB in NFL history with 5 consecutive seasons with 100+ rating. In career, has 103.6 postseason passer rating, 3rd highest in NFL history. His 1.71 INT pct. (5 INTs, 292 att.) is 3rd lowest in NFL postseason annals. In 44 career starts at home (incl. playoffs) with 10+ att., Rodgers is 35-9 (.795) with 108.6 rating. In 5 starts vs. SF (incl. playoffs), has 12 TDs, 3 INTs & 104.5 rating. Rodgers is first quarterback in NFL history with five straight seasons with passer rating of at least 100. ... Rodgers' 103.6 postseason passer rating third highest in NFL history. …Rookie RB Eddie Lacy was named 1st alternate for Pro Bowl. Set franchise rookie records with 1,178 rush yards & 11 rush TDs. Is 2nd in NFL with 1,127 rush yards since Oct. 1. Has 10 rush TDs in past 11, most in NFL since Week 7. FB John Kuhn is 1 of 2 active players with 3+ rush (3) & 3+ rec. (3) TDs in postseason…WR Jordy Nelson had career-high 85 catches & 1,314 yards. Had 10 catches for 161 yards in Week 17, his 5th 100-yard game in 2013. Had 7 catches for 130 yards & TD in Week 1. WR James Jones had career-high 817 rec. yards. In last year's Divisional, had 4 catches for 87 yards (21.8 avg.) & TD. WR-PR-KR Randall Cobb & HOFer Gale Sayers are only 2 in NFL history with 60+ yard run, 60+ yard catch, 100+ yard KR & 80+ yard PR in 1st 3 seasons. Cobb had 2 rec. TDs in Week 17, incl. GW 48-yarder. In 3 games vs. SF (incl. playoffs), has rec. TD & 75-yard PR-TD. WR Jarrett Boykin had career-high 49 catches, 681 yards & 3 TDs…LB A.J. Hawk led team with 118 tackles. Had career-high 5 sacks. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB Tramon Williams ranks 3rd in NFL with 18 INTs & CB Sam Shields is tied for 4th with 17 INTs. Shields aims for 3rd playoff game in row with INT. In last year's Divisional, had 52-yard INT-TD. Has 4 INTs in past 5 postseason games. Led team with 17 PD. DT Mike Daniels was 2nd on team with career-high 6.5 sacks. LB Mike Neal had career-best 5 sacks. LB Nick Perry set career-high with 4 sacks. S Morgan Burnett ranked 2nd on team with 93 tackles…K Mason Crosby had career-high 33 FGs & 89.2 pct. (33 of 37). Scored 141 points, tied for his most in season (2007).

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (13-2-1): Clay Matthews was a focal point when these teams met in Week 1, and he'll be the key factor in Sunday's rematch. Without Matthews, who is one of the game's elite defenders, the Packers are at a decided disadvantage on the outside against Niners offensive tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis. Staley and Davis dominated last year's playoff game against Matthews and Erik Walden. Without Matthews, can Mike Neal, Nick Perry and Andy Mulumba put any pressure on Colin Kaepernick? Can they pressure Kaepernick while keeping contain? Can they play with the necessary discipline when the Niners use their read-option attack? When the weather is bad, the winning formula is the ability to run the ball and stop the run. The Packers can run the ball. The 49ers can do both. 49ers 30, Packers 20.

Turnover Margin (-3)11 19
Points Scored (26.1).4T 8T
Points Allowed (26.8)11 24T
Total Offense (400.3)2 3
Rushing (133.5)5 7
Passing (266.8)4 6
Total Defense (372.3)11 25
vs. Rush (125.0)13 25
vs. Pass (247.3)13 24
Third-Down Offense (41.2%) 6 9
Third-Down Defense (38.2%) 8 17T
Red-Zone Offense (50.8%) 15 26
Red-Zone Defense (61.4%) 13 24
Passing: Rodgers (104.9)3 5
Rushing: Lacy (1,178)6 8
Receptions: Nelson (85) 6T 14T
Rec. Yds.: Nelson (1,314)5 10
Interceptions: Shields (4) 8T 11T
Sacks: Matthews (7.5) 22T 40T
Turnover Margin (+12) 2T 4T
Points Scored (25.4).7 11
Points Allowed (17.0)3 3
Total Offense (323.8)12 24
Rushing (137.6)2 3
Passing (186.2)15 30
Total Defense (316.9)4 5
vs. Rush (95.9)3 4
vs. Pass (221.0)4 7
Third-Down Offense (36.5%)10 18
Third-Down Defense (34.1%) 3 6
Red-Zone Offense (56.4%) 5 11
Red-Zone Defense (53.7%) 7 13
Passing: Kaepernick (91.6)7 10
Rushing: Gore (1,128)7 9
Receptions: Boldin (85) 6T 14T
Rec. Yds.: Boldin (1,179) 10 16
Interceptions: Brock (5) 5T 5T
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